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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Sep 10, 2011 12:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best of KEITH!

I find Brent to be a capable keyboardist,who contributed to a lot of good music the band made during his tenure.I also find his backup vocals intolerable,some of his keyboard choices painful to listen to,and believe he was out of his depth talent wise and intellectually in the GD.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Sep 10, 2011 12:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best of KEITH!

Perfectly stated! Thanks for clearing that up. I still love Brent, but he does have too many flaws. Keith's chops more than made up for his lack of songwriting. Whenever I hear a Brent song during a show I just think about what songs they could have played in it's place.

And a big thanks to gratefuldiver for all the great suggestions!

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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Sep 10, 2011 10:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best of KEITH!

You're most welcome! I've been a 'member' of this community for several years and receiving validation from this group seems more difficult than obtaining GDM/Rhino's approval for IA to allow streaming-only outtakes from a show that included a couple songs on a Road Trips release.

(I agree with everything else said about Brent's keyboard skills compared to Keith's.) As for original material, I'd take "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away" over every one of Brent's saccharine ballads or hate-filled diatribes.

...__[8]o

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 10, 2011 12:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best of KEITH!

See i personally prefer his backup vocals more so than his lone singing. I do find it surprising that he was as good as he was at improvising being someone who, at least at the beginning, wanted little to do with improv. The jury is still out for me when it comes to the deads keyboardists. They all certainly brought their own unique style to the band and had big impacts on the sound. The transition in 71 with the addition of keith is likely an even greater change than that brought with brent in 79.